EU Concerns about the Human Rights situation in China (29/01/2016)
While we note the release of Mr.
Peter Dahlin, the European Union and its Member States continue to be
worried about the ongoing detention of human rights lawyers and
activists who have worked peacefully to protect rights guaranteed under
the Chinese Constitution and Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This
was the subject of EU statements on 16 July and 22 October 2015. China
should ensure full transparency and respect due process, in line with
the recommendations it received in December 2015 from the UN Committee
against Torture. Detained individuals should also be allowed access to
legal counsel and visits from their relatives.
We are also extremely concerned
about the continued detention by the Chinese authorities of a number of
EU nationals, and on 7 January 2016 published a statement on the
disappearance of individuals associated with the Mighty Current
publishing house in Hong Kong. The EU urges the Chinese authorities to
clarify their status and whereabouts.
These cases are part of a
worrying trend and call into question China's respect for the rule of
law and for its international human rights obligations, not least
freedom of speech.
The European Union expects that
the Chinese authorities will observe their international human rights
commitments and ensure fair and transparent legal proceedings. The
public broadcasting of so-called "confessions" by Chinese and EU
citizens is unacceptable.